Birjoo Mehta

Body thy shrine, Yoga thy light

This text was given as a speech December 6, 2015 in Pune, India.

Guruji has often said- body is my temple, asanas are my prayer. He has said that the body is the bow, asanas the arrow and the target is the soul. His autobiography was named, Body thy shrine, Yoga thy light.

In this piece, I would like to present my understanding of these expressive yet enigmatic statements.

Let us analyze the first statement, the body is my temple and asanas are my prayers. In the temple resides the divinity. For the body to become a temple, the divinity has to be brought into your body. And how do you call divinity? That is through invocation, through prayer.